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Friday, August 14, 2009

Milton E. Kerr at Oberlin College, 1881-1884

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My great-grandfather, Milton E. Kerr, attended Oberlin College between 1881 and 1884. I discovered this in a search for "milton e kerr" at Google Books. His name and hometown are listed in the Catalogue of the Officers and Students of Oberlin College in both the 1881-1882 edition and the 1883-1884 edition. Both catalogues are included in the volume you reach using the link above. During that time period, Milton would have been about 18-21 years old.

The list of students in the Department of Preparatory Instruction, Classical School, begins on page 24 in the 1881-1882 catalogue. "Milton E. Kerr...Mercer, Pa." appears on page 25, under the Senior Class heading. In this particular division of study, there were 306 students: 80 Seniors, 107 Middles, and 119 Juniors. Only 16 of them were women. But that is not to suggest that the entire student population of Oberlin was equally out of balance. The total student body actually included more "Ladies" (790) than "Gentlemen" (703).

The Department of Preparatory Instruction includes both the Classical School and the English School. A description of both courses of study begins on page 68. But far more interesting is the section entitled General Information, pages 73-79. For a glimpse at what Oberlin life was like for Milton and his fellow students, don't miss it!

Immediately following the 1881-1882 catalogue is the 1883-1884 catalogue. Once again, "Milton E. Kerr...Mercer, Pa." is listed (page 26) as a Senior in the Classical School, Department of Preparatory Instruction. I'm at a loss to explain why he was listed as a Senior from 1881-1884. Also, be aware that this is the second "page 26" in this Google volume, since each catalogue has its own set of page numbers. Additional catalogues follow, the last one being dated 1889-1890.


Dorene from Ohio said...

What an awesome find!

T.K. said...

I have to admit, Dorene, I was pretty excited. I knew next to nothing about Rosmer's father--Rosmer was only three when Milton died--so this adds a whole new dimension. :-)

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Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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